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    Islamic community center developer seeks federal funding

    New York (CNN) -- The developer behind the controversial Islamic community center and mosque planned for Lower Manhattan has requested federal funding through the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to support the project known as Park51.

    The funding would come from money the Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated to help rebuild the neighborhood after the 9/11 attacks.

    "Park51 has applied for a Lower Manhattan Development Corporation grant," said Sharif El-Gamal, CEO of SOHO Properties, the developer behind the Islamic center. In a statement, El-Gamal said the money would "in part fund social service programs such as domestic violence programs, Arabic and other foreign language classes, programs and services for homeless veterans, two multi-cultural art exhibits and immigration services."

    The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation received more than 265 applications seeking more than $175 million for community and cultural programs, though the LMDC has only $17 million of federal funding to allocate.

    "We are now turning to the challenging but important task of sorting through the applications to identify those that address long-standing community and cultural needs," said Avi Schick, chairman of LMDC.

    The grants will range from $100,000 to $1 million, according to Julie Menin, chair of Community Board 1 and a member of the LMDC board. Among the criteria used to judge applications, Menin said, are financial viability, job creation, revitalizing the community and a track record of service in Lower Manhattan.

    "We have funded museums, public schools, programs to help small businesses hurt after 9/11," said Menin.
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    Are these guys insane?

    I and many here support their right to build the Islamic Cultural Centre there, and I do think at the end of the day, why are they not entitled to even apply for this funding if it's available for United States citizens wishing to rebuild the neighbourhood BUT!

    Did they not think, they got enough bad attention by wanting to build it there even though they should be able to... but this will send people through the roof in rage. I mean it's highly doubtful that they will be granted any of this money, but the fact they'd even try and draw this negative press will be devestating for them and end up being highly counter productive, and they should have known that.

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    Re: Islamic community center developer seeks federal funding

    adding insult to insult.

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    Re: Islamic community center developer seeks federal funding

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
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    Are these guys insane?

    I and many here support their right to build the Islamic Cultural Centre there, and I do think at the end of the day, why are they not entitled to even apply for this funding if it's available for United States citizens wishing to rebuild the neighbourhood BUT!

    Did they not think, they got enough bad attention by wanting to build it there even though they should be able to... but this will send people through the roof in rage. I mean it's highly doubtful that they will be granted any of this money, but the fact they'd even try and draw this negative press will be devestating for them and end up being highly counter productive, and they should have known that.
    very few around here can see a move ahead

    good post

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    Re: Islamic community center developer seeks federal funding

    Quote Originally Posted by Whovian View Post
    adding insult to insult.
    Only if you believe them building there is an insult. It isn't.

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    Re: Islamic community center developer seeks federal funding

    I mean it's highly doubtful that they will be granted any of this money, but the fact they'd even try and draw this negative press will be devestating for them and end up being highly counter productive, and they should have known that.
    The same way they should have known that even trying to build a 'cultural center' with a mosque, in the immediate area of Ground Zero (debris from one plane crashed through this buildings roof, so let's not go with the 'It's not part of Ground Zero' rhetoric), would be devestating for them and end up being highly counter-productive.

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    Re: Islamic community center developer seeks federal funding

    Quote Originally Posted by Whovian View Post
    The same way they should have known that even trying to build a 'cultural center' with a mosque, in the immediate area of Ground Zero (debris from one plane crashed through this buildings roof, so let's not go with the 'It's not part of Ground Zero' rhetoric), would be devestating for them and end up being highly counter-productive.
    This thread is not about them building there. They have the full right to do so. The only reason some oppose them as it turned out was because they don't like Islam and there were many ugly things said.

    We're not going to do down this path again.

    This thread is about them seeking federal funding.

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    Re: Islamic community center developer seeks federal funding

    That is taking the piss. No way, tell them to shove off


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    Re: Islamic community center developer seeks federal funding

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    This thread is not about them building there. They have the full right to do so. The only reason some oppose them as it turned out was because they don't like Islam and there were many ugly things said.

    We're not going to do down this path again.

    This thread is about them seeking federal funding.
    Excuse my drawing a parallel from your own words. I'll know better next time.

    Of course they had the legal right to do so... just as I or anyone else opposed to it had the legal right to oppose it. Sorry you have a problem with freedom of expression.

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    Re: Islamic community center developer seeks federal funding

    The location of Islamic community center was picked as a slap in the and the request for Federal Funding is another slap in the face.

    Obama will most likely get involved to make sure they get it too. He gave the Palestinian terrorists $400 million dollars.

    Hell if you give them $100 you could be arrested, for contributing to terrorists.

    And don't give me any crap about how all Palestinians aren't terrorists their Government is and they are who Obama gave the cash to.

    I don't think Federal money should go to any Cult.

    With $400,000,000 Obama could have created up words of 10 or 11 jobs right here at home that way he does things.
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    Re: Islamic community center developer seeks federal funding

    Obama is an islamophile. The Muzzie grant application has an excellent chance of being approved.

    America has much to learn from Islam, e.g., the proper role of women in society, and the proper method for disposing of the cadavers of lgbt people. And yes, the prior sentence is meant to be provocative.

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